The wonderful absurdity of the Winter Olympics encapsulated in two room-mates – a Jamaican who turned down a job as a hyena in a Broadway manufacturing of the Lion King to be right here and the Ghanaian who could be promoting vacuum cleaners if he wasn’t.
Anthony Watson and Akwasi Frimpong had been second to final and useless final on Thursday in the course of the first runs of the skeleton, so there is no such thing as a probability that they’ll bother the scorers within the last two runs on Friday.
However they stole the present anyway with the insanity of their tales.
Anthony Watson and Akwasi Frimpong are encapsulating the Olympic spirit in South Korea
In Watson’s case, the Jamaican was as soon as a junior worldwide sprinter for the US and tried to get on their bobsleigh group, alongside releasing an album, taking over appearing and studying to play eight devices, together with the ukulele.
He ultimately switched nationalities to change into Jamaica’s first skeleton athlete right here, 30 years on from the Cool Runnings story of their bobsleigh group.
He mentioned: ‘I turned it down being in Lion King on Broadway as a result of I made a decision to do low season camp in Jamaica for 2 months this previous summer time. I used to be meant to be a hyena. Possibly you may see me holding a Tony 10 years from now, I do not know.’
Ghana’s Frimpong has tried to achieve the Olympics in sprinting and bobsleigh earlier than
He lastly certified in skeleton and needed to promote vacuum cleaners with a view to make it overseas
In Watson’s case, the Jamaican was as soon as a junior worldwide sprinter for the US
He turned down a job as a hyena in a Broadway manufacturing of the Lion King to be on the Video games
Ghana’s Frimpong has tried and failed to achieve the Olympics in sprinting and bobsleigh and eventually certified in skeleton. He broke down in tears on Thursday in describing his street to Pyeongchang.
‘I offered vacuums to pay for my Olympic dream,’ he mentioned. ‘Nobody wished to sponsor me, no one believed I may do that. The largest thanks is to my spouse who informed me in July 2015, ‘I do not need you to be 99 years outdated and nonetheless whining about your Olympic dream’. Now I’m right here.
‘For me, the Olympics was to interrupt boundaries, to indicate that black individuals, individuals from heat international locations, can do that as properly. I wish to inspire and encourage individuals in my nation, to indicate youngsters in a bit nook what they’ll do.
‘That little child was identical to myself, residing with 10 different youngsters in a 4mx5m room that might by no means see snow earlier than. ‘Desires can come true if you’re resilient and work onerous.’